Lake Tugalo - Oconee County SC & Rabun County GA
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About Lake Tugalo
Lake Tugalo, a mountain lake, is located on the border between South Carolina and Georgia. It more specifically located in Oconee County in South Carolina and Rabun County in Georgia. It is managed by Georgia Power who also operates and manages many other lakes in Georgia. The dam on this lake is made of concrete and stands 155 feet high with a width of 740 feet. On the South Carolina side, the surrounding land is part of the Sumter National Forest. Land on the Georgia side is part of the Chattahoochee National Forest. The lake covers 597 acres and impounds the Chattooga River and Tallulah Rivers. There is only one boat ramp on the lake, which has recently been upgraded with better parking and a wider road. Other than a few campsites, Tugalo is totally a wilderness area. There are no homes or businesses located anywhere on the lake. Also, Lake Tugalo is a pick-up zone for whitewater rafters on the Chattooga River.
Personal Story - By Danny Norwood
Once upon a time a few years ago, I took a little trip to this beautiful lake. Here is what I found.
The water is deep and cold, but it is very clear. The lake is surrounded by mountains on all sides. It seems very massive even though it is really a small lake. The most notable feature about this lake is the fact that there is very little boat traffic. I never had to worry about my boat being rocked wildly by the large wake of huge boats.
The fishing was good. I managed to catch 4 nice size largemouth bass from the water on one trip. Possibly, I could have caught more fish if the temperature had not been 37 degrees with a wind chill of 22 degrees. But the trip was good anyway.
The surrounding forest is mostly untouched. There are some campsites around the lake plus the boat ramp and parking areas, otherwise this lake is a mountain wilderness hideaway.
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